US Supreme Court limits ability to curb emissions from power plants, in one blow to fight climate change

In a blow to the fight against climate change, the United States Supreme Court on Thursday restricted how the country’s key anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

By 6-3 votes, with conservatives in the majority, the court said the Clean Air Act does not give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broad powers to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that contribute to global warming.

The court’s ruling could complicate the government’s plans to combat climate change. Its proposal to regulate emissions from power plants is expected by the end of the year.

President Joe Biden aims to halve the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade and have a zero-emission electricity sector by 2035. Power plants account for about 30 percent of CO2 emissions.

The ruling came on the same day that Biden accused the Supreme Court of “outrageous behavior” in a speech at the end of the NATO summit in Spain, citing the Supreme Court’s view last week that destroyed half a century of abortion rights protections.

More to come.

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